Jeez, Raisinbread. For your information, there is a really personal reason why I keep my diary visible only to Open Diary members. If you really want to hear the whole story, then here it is.
A while ago I was on the free version of Open Diary (at Free Open Diary). At the time, I had a friend, whom I’ll call “Andrew.” He knew my diary’s username, which wasn’t a big deal when we were friends.
Then he went a little crazy, trying to stalk me and emotionally abusing me every chance he got; naturally, I ended the friendship. Now, on the free version, you can set your preferences to No Notes*, meaning no one can leave a note, All Notes, meaning anyone with a diary or not can leave notes, or another preference which I can’t recall the name of right now, in which only people with a diary can LEAVE you notes, but ANYONE can see it.
I set mine to the third option. It didn’t work. Andrew made a diary himself so that he could leave me notes.
And so I moved to the pay version of Open Diary, where I was forced to put my preferences on a new option, wherein nobody but Open Diary users can see it and leave notes. If I left it open for anyone to see and note, he would continue to leave me inflammatory, abusive comments, and I quite simply am not going to deal with that right now.
So, I’m sorry if I am messing up your vision of an online journal, and you think I should just stick to writing paper diaries. Quite honestly, I don’t really care what you think on this particular matter. I like the community of OD users and I like not having Andrew attacking me in every entry that I write.
If anyone is using OD and wants to look at my diary, my username is Meridian.
*Notes are little comments on a diary’s entry that, when added by another user, are seen on the entry page itself.